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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS


By John Nathan
Published June 11 2008

  David Tennant/PH: Royal Shakespeare Company


The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that its London winter season will transfer three Shakespeare productions to the West End's Novello Theatre, and premier two new commissions at the under-threat Wilton's Music Hall in East London.

From December to March, 2009, Gregory Doran's productions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Conall Morrison's production of The Taming of the Shrew will play the Novello.

In November, 2008 Wilton's Music Hall will host two previously unannounced works, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, by Adriano Shaplin and The Cordelia Dream, by Marina Carr.

In a statement RSC artistic director Michael Boyd said, Greg Doran's A Midsummer Night's Dream combines wide-eyed fairy magic with obscene humour in a production which speaks vividly to adults and young people alike.RSC alumni David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie, are coming back to the company, bringing new experience and perspectives,to work with Greg on Hamlet. And Conall Morrison's terrifying reading of Shrew explores the deep seams of fear and anger which can be at the heart of sexual relationships in a riotously playful production.

Doran's production of Hamlet stars Dr Who actor David Tennant in the tile role and Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie in the roles of Claudius and Gertrude respectively. The tragedy officially opens in London on Dec. 9 following previews from Dec. 3.

Doran's Dream begins its London run on Jan. 15, 2009, and Morrison's Shrew begins performances on Feb. 12, 2009.


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